Q: “I believe that a trait that many successful chiropractors have, is not being attached to patient's decisions about care. I struggle with this. How do I let go of this attachment?”
A: My guess is, if you had more than enough patients, you wouldn’t have time to worry about what patients do. That said, here are some areas to consider:
1. Set clear boundaries—know what’s yours and what’s theirs. Create greater clarity around what your obligations and responsibilities are. (Responsible = able to respond) Care, but avoid caring too much.
2. Know that what patients do is not a reflection on you. Each patient has been granted free will to value their health as they please.
3. Avoid depending upon your patients to your social needs met. This is a common cause of attachment that is often the basis for many patient leadership issues.
Hope that helps.